why one shouldn't use relative hostnames

Maria Iano bind-lists at iano.org
Wed Nov 10 18:19:11 UTC 2010

We are working with a software vendor whose software only works with relative hostnames - they say it can't cope with a fully-qualified domain name. They want us to make sure the necessary domain is in all clients' search lists. Does anyone have any good references for me to explanations of why this is a very bad thing. I would find quick access to thoughtful well-phrased arguments very useful right now.


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